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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana February 15, 1991 II IIII Winners named in Serra (; ub essay contest FIRST PLACE WINNER Students in schools and religious education were in- vited to submit essays to their parishes. Parishes sent in their top two essays to the Serra Club of Evansville. By ANNE STOFLETH St. Philip School St. Philip A person's vocation in life never completely changes, as many people believe, but his/her role in life grows, little by little, as he/she grows. In the past, my vocation in life was to work hard in school and to make good grades, to obey my parents; basically, to be the best person I can and to do God's will. Now, I am striving to meet those goals, as before, but as I'm older, my role in life is broadening. Before, 1 only used my talents to benefit myself, now I am us- ing them to help others in need. I am beginning to see the needs of the less fortunate. I believe that it is important to stand up for what is right. But my voca- tion cannot stop there, it must grow as I will grow. At the present, ] do not know what my vocation is for the future. As I grow and become more experienced, I hope that my role will become more evi- dent. As before, I must pray to the Holy Spirit to help find my vocation in life. I must take on a permanent role either in the religious, single, or married state. But how will I know which one is right for me? I need to pray to God for strength and guidance, but that is not the only thing I must do. I must remember that sometimes God works through other people. I need to look at the examples of the people around me and see their vocations. If I consider the religious state, I could look at the ex- amples of the priest and sisters in my parish. Would I be a good person to do their job? Am I the kind of person to bring the Good News to others? Would I be able to give to others, like they do, a wider view of our faith? Would I have the pa- tience to work with ottl0rs? If I feel that I am capable of doing these things I would want to look into the religious life more closely. Would I be a good person for the single life? Would I be able to stand on my own two feet with God's help, not always having someone by my side to help me along? I could talk to people who are single and ask them how they feel about their life and what they can do, as a single person, to help bring about God's reign. I look at my parents. Would I be able to share my entire life with another? Would I not be tempted to give up the first time something went wrong? Would I be able to cooperate with another and not always expect things to go my way? Would I be able to devote my life to both my spouse and my faith? If I feel that maybe this is what God is calling me to do, I could talk to people who are married and ask them about their vocation in life. After 1 have discovered what my vocation is to be, my work still is not done. Now I must always remember, on my path in life, to keep first God's will and to use my talents and gifts to help others. St. Paul teaches in Romans 12:4-6: "For as in one body we have many parts and all the parts do not have the same function. So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them." As I am thinking about my vocation in life, I am thankful for all the help the Holy Spirit has given me in the past and ask for the light on where I am be- ing led in the future. Serran Club essay contestants Students in Evansville-area "-- Janelle Herr and Chris Catholic schools were asked to Spahn, St. Wendel School, St. participate in the annual Wendel; Evansville Serra Club essay -- Jason Mclntyre and contest. Each school submitted Stephanie Steckler, St. James two essays. Students par- School, St. James; ticipating in the contest -- Angle Bauer and Angle include: Knapp, Resurredtion School, Anne Stofleth and Mandy Evansville; Crowe, St. Philip School, St. -- Duane Marks and Matt Philip; Will, Sts. Peter and Paul -- Barry Frank and David School, Haubstadt; Klein, Holy Rosary School, -- Jon Adams and Megan Evansville; Conner, Westside Catholic Con- solidated Junior High School, Kimberly Weber and Evansville; Heather Kleinschmidt, St. -- Lisa Schilling and Julie Joseph School, Vanderburgh Smith, Holy Redeemer School, County; Evansville; -- Chad Elfreich and Kate Epley, Corpus Christi School, Leanna Werner and Randy Evansville; Gelarden, St. Theresa School, -- Kaale Nelson and Amy Evansville; Babb, St. Matthew School, -- Angle Loschen and Joe Mount Vernon; Angermeier, Christ the King School, Evansville; -- Stephanie Lake and Matt -- Holly Dunn and Jeff Hacker, St. John the Baptist Dugan, St. Benedict School, Sch0pl, Newburgh; Evansville; ' -- Kelly Sanders and Sarah -- Chris Whitaker and Betl] Scheller, Good Shepherd Pruiett, Holy Spirit School, School, Evansville; Evansville. SECOND PLACE WINNER By BARRY FRANK Holy Rosary School Evansville In this paper, I will discuss things that will help me under- stand what vocation God would like me to follow. The first thing that I have to do is understand just what each vocation means. There are three types af voca- tions: they are, Religious, Mar- ried Life, and Single Life. Religious vocations have several types; t/ey are priests, brothers, and nuns. Also there are many types of priests, brothers, and nuns. For exam- ple, you could become a Benedictine or Jesuit priest, a Marianist Brother, or a Sister of Mercy. There are a lot more types of each religious order from which to choose. From what I know, the different orders for the different religious vocations have specific jobs in this life. For example, some priests serve in parishes like Holy Rosary and some become missionaries and travel to dif- ferent parts of the world to help teach about God. Brothers can teach or join monasteries. Nuns or sisters are much like brothers. They can teach or work and pray in monasteries, or work in hospitals or do other kinds of charitable work. In my case, I could select any of the three types of vocations. Because I am a male, I could not be a nun or a sister, but I could try to become a priest or brother. It is going to be real hard deciding just what God wants me to be. The only way that I know of to try to find out just what I should become is to think a lot about the different types of vocations and try to learn all I can by watching others and talking to people. I think the best thing for me to do is to talk to adults who have already chosen their voca- tions. Also, I can watch them and pray to God to help me with my decision. At this point in my life there are certain things that I like and don't like about each type of vocation. For example, there is not much about single life that appeals to me. If I were out of school and had a job and were single, I think I would be very lonely. I would probably have enough money, but I wouldn't have anyone to share it with. After I was done working at my job, there wouldn't be anyone to come home to. I think single life would be very boring. Being a priest or a brother could be very rewarding. As a priestyou could help people not only with their faith, but also with their personal pro- blems. As a brother, I would teach or help people in some other way. The problem that I think I would have is that I would really like to get married someday and have my own children to raise. I I LinCo Coffee Services I Total Beversge Oistdbutor I Indllma - lit|nots - Klmlucky 46 Varlet of Coffees and Teas WHATEVER YOUR TASTE, WE CAN MATCH XT EvamvtHe 422-1833 , , The vocation that appeals to their decisions. For example, me the most is married life. I whether or not to go to college really'like the idea of having a and what to study in college. wife and children to share You can help them become the things with. Most people do best that they can be and use all grow up, get married, and have the talents that God gave them. children to raise. From what I have seen, most people are very happy with family life. As parents you can help your children learn how to walk, talk, and play. You can watch them play baseball or other kinds of sports, play a musical instrument, be in a play, or just try anything that makes them happy. You can help them with I think being a married parent would be the most rewarding vocation for me. During the next four years in high school, I am going to think, to pray to God, and watch other adults that have already chosen their vocations. Maybe by the time I am a senior in high school, I will know bet- ter just what vocation is for me. i Displaying the awards they recei,/ed are Anne Stofleth and Barry Frank, whose essays were selected by the Serra Club of Evansville. With them are Vince Bernardin of the Serra Club and Father David Fleck, diocesan director of vocations. The awards were presented at a special luncheon at the Executive Inn, Evansville, Feb. 1. Are You Interested... In A RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME which provides services to those who find it difficult to remain independently in their own home? Are you getting three nutritional meals per day plus snacks? Do you need 24-hour nursing care? Do you need transportation to and from the doctor's office? Would you enjoy activities seven days a week? Investigate the Lodge on the Wabash Semi Private - $30.57 per day Small Private - $37.44 per day Large Private - $54.04 per day I would like to know more about THELODGE. 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